Wednesday, 28 January 2015

First Finish of 2015

The year is off to a good start with my first finish for 2015. Here is Plum Street Samplers Promised Lamb.


I'm thrilled with the way this has turned out and can't wait until I have it framed and on my walls.  I stitched this on 36ct WDW Confederate Grey linen using one strand of floss. This is the first time I've used this particular colour of linen and it won't be the last. I love the colour and find it lends itself to so many different designs.

I love stitching Christmas designs and always have so many that I want to get done and so little time in which to do it. Consequently, I decided to start off the new year with another Christmas stitch. With the exception of the word Noel in the design it looks like more of a winter design and it can easily be left up on display after the holiday is over. I showed you on my last post the first stitches I'd put in on Heaven and Nature Sing but I've progressed much further along now.


This is such a beautiful design and has a real calming effect whenever I pick it up. I'll miss it when I'm finished it. There's still about a few days more of stitching left so it will probably be another week or so before I have this one done up. My stitching time is never consistent.

Continuing with the winter theme is Threadwork Primitives Winter Time. As you can see I'm just getting started on this one. More deer ..... hmmm, do I sense a theme here, lol! In case you hadn't guessed it, I love stitching anything with deer in it. There's been a deer in each of the three designs that I've worked on this year.


I've also been working on some smaller designs for this month's Smalls SAL. I've completed two as well as finished up an older stitch. I don't want to spoil it by showing both of them already but I will give you a look at one of the finishes.
This is from a Trio of Hearts Reproduction Motifs by Jenny Hoffman of Country Rustic Primitives. It's reproduction #2.


After stitching this sweet small I'm getting into Valentine mode. I'll have to see what else I can dig out along those lines. 

I have decided to withdraw my participation in this years' Stitch From Stash for a number of reasons. I will continue to use them as inspiration though and endeavour to stick to that theme. 

That about covers this month's stitching with the exception of one last post this coming Wednesday with all my smalls finishes.  Wow, January is almost done and we've not had near the snowfall as last year. Fingers crossed that February brings more of the same! 

I've been out and about looking for some more of the snowy owls that I saw last year in our neighbourhood. However with the exception of the one I spotted at the end of October, I've only had two other sitings. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me for either of them and smart phones just won't cut it. They don't have the zoom on them necessary to get these pics. So for now I'll leave you with a couple pics of the most recent visitors to our feeder.





 

21 comments:

Cindy's Stitching said...

Its a pretty piece. Pretty pictures of the birds

Barbi said...

Lovely stitching. Congratulations on your first finish of the year. I think about and stitch Christmas projects all year long. I love them.

Clare - Aimetu said...

Congratulations on a beautiful finish. I love the heart design. This weekend is the annual bird count in our gardens, my other blog Aimetu's has a few photos of our visitors.

http://aimetus.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/embarrassing-but.html

Marilyn said...

Promised Lamb is so pretty.
Your WIPS are pretty also.
I hope you can get some pics of the Owls.
We haven't had much snow here either, well, so far.
Marilyn

Vickie said...

So glad you got The Promised Lamb done. You have a lot of good ones going.
http://astitchersstory.blogspot.com/

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

I'm not a huge sampler fan, but the gentle lamb piece is really pretty. What a lovely Christmas design!!

Tricia

Christine said...

Congratulations on a lovely finish

llknbillburg said...

Wow! Your needle must be flying!! Love all the pieces you are working on. Laura

Robin said...

What lovely finishes and also a very nice WIP! I really enjoyed seeing your snow and bird pictures.

Robin in Virginia

Sally said...

What a beautiful finish. It is so pretty.

Lovely WIPs too.

No snow at all where I love yet other parts on the UK have had loads. I'm still hoping!

Chris said...

Great stitching update! Lovely finish and Wips.

stitcherw said...

Congrats on your lovely finish, and your other projects look so pretty too. Loved the pictures of the birds, they are so fun to watch, I love seeing the ones at my feeder. My favorite is the chickadee, they are just so darn cute!

Julie said...

Congratulations on such a lovely finish.

CATHI said...

Congrats on the first finish of the year! :o) Lovely stitchings!

Cathi

Mouse said...

oooo gorgeous finish .. love the progress on the Noel one ... Cute heart too and nice visitors to the garden ... isn't it always the case no camera when you need one .... love mouse xxxxx

Mii Stitch said...

Congrats on your lovely finish and all the progress you made on the other projects :)

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Congratulations on your first finish of the year. I've not stitched anything on grey so far. I seem to have a lot of blue and neutral in my fabric bags and quite a bit of red or purple.

Love the little deer too.

Andrea said...

Wonderful stitching, those needles have been very busy. Lovely birdie photos too.

Thoeria said...

A fantastic finish and a great start to the New Year :)

Annette-California said...

Congrats on your finish for the year! And it's a beauty!!! Love your other wips too.
love Annette

Joy said...

Lovely finish! Heaven & Nature is on my list too...I so enjoyed seeing your progress.

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